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The Weekend Sales Report Card

  • Kempt Staff

Weekend Sales

We’ve filtered through all of the online sale noise and graded your best options out there, should you feel inclined to do any menswear browsing this weekend...

For Looking Fashion-Forward to Summer: Opening Ceremony is knocking 20% off most of their spring wares with the code SpringFling20. Discount: B Sizes Available: A- Selection: B+

For Princely Pants: Dockers is throwing a Friends and Family sale with 30% off everything, including their Alpha Khakis—which were recently spotted on British royal Prince Harry—with the code FF2013. Discount: B+ Sizes Available: B+ Selection: A-

For the Swimmers: Get up to 60% off swimwear at Nordstrom, featuring one of our favorite trunk-makers: Orlebar Brown. Discount: A Sizes Available: B Selection: B+

More of the good stuff on sale, after the jump.»

And the Award Goes To...

  • Najib Benouar

GQ Awards

Just when you thought awards season was over...

GQ has just announced this year’s crop of Best New Menswear Designers—a coveted honor they’ve been bestowing upon the young Billy Reids and Thom Brownes of the menswear world for the past decade now—and this year’s four winners run the gamut from laid-back surfer chic (Aviator Nation) to tailored gear with Savile Row lineage (Bespoken) to Jay-Z’s favorite chino maker (Baldwin) and menswear’s newest favorite bag maker (Ernest Alexander).

If you recall, last year GQ upped the stakes by having each winner design a small capsule collection sold exclusively at Gap across the nation. You’ll have to wait until fall to get your hands on this year’s batch of well-priced handsomeness, so to tide you over, take a look at our favorites from the inaugural collaborations.

Introducing... The Sale Scorecard

  • Kempt Staff

Crew shirts

In this new weekly series, we filter through all of the online-sale noise and grade your best options for some weekend shopping...

For Your Spring Head Start: Brooks Brothers is getting you in on their spring action a day early online—before it lands in shops—and they’re knocking off up to $200 on your final tally. Discount: C Sizes Available: A Selection: A

If You’re Looking for Luggage: Billy Kirk has knocked 60% off a decent number of their well-made bags—and one very tempting navy trilby. Discount: A Styles Available: B Selection: B+

Some More Spring-Forward Incentive: For three days only, Club Monaco is knocking 20% off all of their new spring gear with the code “SPRING20.” Discount: B+ Sizes Available: A Selection: A

A Good Chance to Stock Up on Spring Basics: Gap is also getting in the spring spirit early with 25% off everything in shop with the code “GAP25”—but act fast, because it ends tomorrow. Discount: A- Sizes Available: A Selection: B+

For Those Thinking Very, Very Far Ahead: Wittmore has finally slashed the rest of their winter sale down to 60% off. You won’t be able to wear most of it till it gets wintry again, but some good finds with a decent selection of sizes are still left here. Discount: A Sizes Available: B+ Selection: A-

Gap Year

  • Najib Benouar

Diffusion lines are nothing new, but lately we’ve been seeing some bold-faced menswear names deciding to collaborate with big-box retailers for capsule collections (you might remember Odin and Target’s recent team-up).

Enter the latest high-low venture from Gap, facilitated by GQ and involving just about every so-hot-right-now designer in the menswear blogoshpere: Ovadia & Sons, Ian Velardi, Mark McNairy, Saturdays, BLK DNM and Todd Snyder. With that much talent in one shopping aisle, you’re bound to turn out more than a few exciting pieces. And since we were allowed a sneak peek at Tuesday night’s launch event (you’ll need to check a map for your nearest shopping mall on September 27 to see them yourself), we thought we’d give you the inside scoop on the most promising stuff.

Herewith, all the jackets, shirts and pants worth finding the nearest Gap for.»

Natalia Vodianova Never Gets Cold Feet

  • Kempt Staff

via Fashion Indie

Pick Six: GQ has enlisted the who’s who of menswear designers for a capsule collection with Gap, due next month. Here’s the sneak peek. [GQ]

Shoes Blues: A pioneer of the culture reflects on the (sometimes violent) consequences of sneaker obsession. [Sneaker Freaker]

Love Jones: Rashida Jones cannot get away from her #menswear roots—she’s been wearing navy blazers and tweed since age 8. [T Magazine]

Ab Crunches for the Soul: Slate hypothesizes that a new breed of men’s self-improvement sites might be doing more harm than good. [Slate]

Tee It Forward

  • Najib Benouar

It’s always heartening when someone puts their name on the line to help others—but even more so when we see it happen in the fashion industry.

Case in point: one of our favorite menswear designers (and all-around stand-up guy) Todd Snyder got together with the charitable shirt company Threadless and used his CFDA-certified cred to convince Gap to produce a limited run of tees designed by emerging artists—giving them some well-deserved shine on a national level. It’s not often you see the big fish swimming with the little guys, but when Mr. Snyder is involved, good things happen. He’s curating the interactive pop-up shop in NYC, but if you can’t make it in, you can also find all of the shirts online here.

You’ve always considered yourself a patron of the arts.

Long Live the Chino

  • Najib Benouar

This snap of James Dean strolling New York City in a pair of khaki chinos comes from a 1993 Gap campaign unearthed by How to Talk to Girls at Parties. The series of photos features some of the greatest men’s style icons—from Ali to Dalí—going about their daily lives, wearing the simple summer pant. It’s a nice reminder of how style is timeless.

You’ll want to brush up on your summer pant game by harnessing your chino.

The Class of 2011, Revisited

We’ve said it before, but it bears repeating: 2011 was a good year for menswear.

And just to make it official, word came down from GQ today naming their six favorite new designers of the year, all of whom should look familiar. Congrats to all, especially the triumvirate of Ovadia, Velardi and Snyder, who have been inspiring double takes at trade shows all year.

All six will be collaborating with Gap in the coming months, and we can’t wait to see what they come up with—but in the meantime, consider this a well-earned round of Internet applause.

The Devil’s in the Details


Any time a glossy unveils their New Rules for anything, you know they’re about to get themselves in trouble. And when it’s something as commonplace as can get ugly.

DETAILS’ just debuted their New Rules of Denim and, to their credit, it stops short of being a complete embarrassment. But you can tell how hard they’re working.

The problem is, denim just isn’t that hard to wear. By now, you know whether the skinny look works for you, and beyond that, there just isn’t that much to it. So to stretch it out for six slides without repeating yourself takes some real journalistic ingenuity.

The Kempt take on DETAILS’ rules»

Mind the Gap


It looks like our Mr. Avery is turning into a jack of all trades. After a quick spell blogging for Men’s Vogue, the man flirted with the idea of starting a celebrity styling outpost in New York. Unfortunately, it seems to have gone the way of disco.

Of course, not one to rest on his blades, Avery is already showing up on bus shelters throughout the nation as one of Gap’s new faces, alongside famous lensman Ryan McGinley and sartorialist Scott Schuman.

Playing for the Dallas Stars seems like such a step down.

Mind the Gap, Vice Squad and The Assembly Line


Precious Metals: Bask in the gleam of these new Kris Van Assche kicks. [High Snobiety]

Falling Hard: Racked cops to renewing their Middle-School crush. [ Racked]

Seoul Patrol: Hint has words with Korean futurist J. Juun. [Hint]

Precision Cuts: The Moment's Hitler hairdo is making us feel ill. [The Moment]

International Rag Trade: Given the current exchange rate, vintage may be your best bet when shopping in London. [Time Out]

What a Difference a Year Makes: PSFK does some side-by-side comparison of Vice's annual trend report. [PSFK]